January 20, 2010

Our Mini-Theme: Immigration Law

Juliet M. Moringiello

"In a global economy, it is more important than ever that key personnel be able to cross borders expedi-tiously, with certainty and frequency." So begins the first article in our immigration law mini-theme, Top Five Business Immigration Law Issues, by H. Ronald Klasko. The remaining articles explain in depth some of the immigration law issues with which business lawyers should be familiar.

The Obama administration's enhanced focus on employer compliance with immigration rules is the subject of Elise Fialkowski's article, The Administration's New Work Site Enforcement Initiatives. A business must ensure that key personnel are able to work within that business anywhere in the world, and Bryan Y. Funai and Esther Contreras explain some issues involved in cross-border employee transfers in Creating a Global Work-force: Transferring Non-U.S. Citizen Personnel to the United States.

Two articles focus on two different points in the life cycle of a business. Kate Kalmykov covers immigration is-sues involved in a company's downsizing in Immigration Obligations in Times of Economic Downturn. Looking forward to better economic times, Angelo Paparelli explains some immigration issues involved in corporate mergers in Bothersome Immigration Buzz Spells Trouble for M&A Deals.

Last, we include a Pro Bono in Action piece by Professor Jill E. Family, who, in An Immigrant's Need for Representation, discusses the work of the Pennsylvania Immigration Resource Center, which works with immigrants detained at Pennsylvania's York County Prison, one of the country's major immigration detention centers.

We hope you enjoy these timely and informative articles.

Juliet M. Moringiello